## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 19th February

On this day in 1672, Newton's first publication appeared as a letter in the

On this day in 2013 Google released a Nicolaus Copernicus doodle.

The postage stamp of one of today's mathematicians at THIS LINK was issued in 1953.

*Philosophical Transactions*of the Royal Society. It dealt with his new theory of light, showing that a prism separates white light into its component colours. Huygens, Hooke, and others objected so strongly that he vowed not to publish again. Fortunately that vow was not kept.On this day in 2013 Google released a Nicolaus Copernicus doodle.

The postage stamp of one of today's mathematicians at THIS LINK was issued in 1953.

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##### Born:

- 1473: Nicolaus Copernicus Ⓟ
- 1837: Aleksandr Nikolaevich Korkin Ⓟ
- 1863: Axel Thue Ⓟ
- 1866: T J J See Ⓟ
- 1919: Alexander Andreevich Samarskii Ⓟ
- 1924: Arnljot Høyland Ⓟ
- 1929: Andor Kertész Ⓟ
- 1938: Sylvia de Neymet Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1553: Erasmus Reinhold Ⓟ
- 1622: Henry Savile Ⓟ
- 1799: Jean-Charles de Borda Ⓟ
- 1897: Karl Weierstrass Ⓟ
- 1908: Hermann Laurent Ⓟ
- 1929: Joseph Boussinesq Ⓟ
- 1946: Michele de Franchis Ⓟ
- 1985: Wilhelm Specht Ⓟ
- 1988: Erich Hans Rothe Ⓟ
- 1990: Otto Neugebauer Ⓟ
- 2009: Edmund Hlawka Ⓟ
- 2017: Igor Rostislavovich Shafarevich Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Otto Neugebauer

It seems to me that all the evidence points to Apollonius as the founder of Greek mathematical astronomy.